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News: Jamie Lyon is cagey but expected to play

Discussion in 'Rugby League Forum' started by ManlyBacker, Sep 9, 2009.

  1. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +971 / 7
    <p class="intro">JAMIE Lyon sauntered past the media and was asked whether he would be fit to play in the opening game of the finals against Melbourne on Friday night. Lyon's knee may be hurting but his evasive skills are as good as ever.</p>

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  2. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +971 / 7
    JAMIE Lyon was walking through the car park at Manly HQ yesterday when a hack called out to ask if he was back.

    To which Lyon simply smiled. Mumbled something about you'll have to wait and see. Then strolled off towards the indoor pool alongside boom rookie Kieran Foran.

    But c'mon Jamie, our man called after him. Surely, you know what you're doing? "Yeah," Killer said turning and grinning, "I know."

    Welcome to life in the most unpredictable finals series in NRL history.

    A world where Sea Eagles superstars won't confirm their place in the team. Where 20 minutes later two teammates will. And then Manly release their official team sheet with Lyon nowhere to be seen.

    It's a ducks and drakes attitude that confirms the importance of Friday night's encounter with Melbourne. One where Sea Eagles enforcer Anthony Watmough says the loser is gone for 2009."Yeah, we've gotta win, simple as that," he said yesterday. "And if we don't win then we can say goodbye to our season.

    "Because in past years you could think you were safe finishing fifth and fourth. Now you can't. You've got to ensure your own success because things won't just fall your way.

    "Look at the teams that finished eight, seven, six ... they've dished some really good teams up all year. So we don't want to be relying on other teams and hoping things fall our way. We want to keep destiny in our own hands which means going out there and winning at all costs."

    And does that involve Jamie Lyon?

    "Oh, Killer had a scratched shoulder and needed a couple of weeks off," Watmough continued with a laugh. "He's a pussycat. But Dessie has looked after him ... gave him his rest."

    Despite Foran being named in the No. 6 jersey and Ben Farrar in the centres, coach Hasler is expected to find room for Lyon, who certainly looked unhampered by any problems yesterday.

    Well, at least as he walked off towards the pool.

  3. Garts

    Garts Well-Known Member

    +667 / 18
    Foran can not be dropped.  He can attack and defend.  His defence must have surely impressed Des and will keep in the side.  Farrer has done nothing wrong but Foran brings more to the side imo.  If Farrer must stay hopefully Des uses Foran in Le'Stranges role from the bench. 
  4. DSM5

    DSM5 Well-Known Member 2016 Tipping Competitor

    +516 / 0
    Put Farrah on the bench. The bigger problem is who to put in the front row.  JWH was poor last weekend and I just can't see him getting any better quickly.  We need front rowers who will tackle hard, not shoulder bump. 
  5. KaZa

    KaZa Well-Known Member

    +228 / 12
    Farrar to the bench.. Lets face it.. Le Strange is leaving anyway..  plus he gets 20 min max these days.. Ballin can play the 80.. Farrar can play almost anyway.. great utility value. Foran needs to be on the field for 80 minutes.. kid can do everything.
  6. ManlyBacker

    ManlyBacker Winging it Staff Member

    +971 / 7
    We are all agreed. Listen to us Des! Farrar will come on when Matai gets stretchered off.
  7. Jatz Crackers

    Jatz Crackers Moderator Staff Member

    +1,239 / 7
    We are all agreed. Listen to us Des! Farrar will come on when Matai gets stretchered off.

    If that comes to pass, lets hope its at the same time as they stretcher off Inglis or Slater.
  8. Utility Player

    Utility Player Well-Known Member

    +456 / 4
    Knee? And here I was thinking it was a shoulder problem.

    Lucky these on the ball journo's are around to set the fans straight.

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